Soft or crunchy, salty or sweet – there are oh-so-many ways to enjoy a pretzel. Mixed, dipped, crunched, munched. The options are endless, really! Whether they’re star of the recipe or an ingredient that makes the show, pretzels are poppin’! Classically known for their twisted ways, pretzels are now in the shape of buns, sticks, and breads. When looking for some sure-fire ideas for the pretzel lover, use this list to guide you.
A creamy peanut butter mixture is sandwiched between two salted pretzels and dipped in milk chocolate. It looks and sounds heavenly. While these certainly wouldn’t last long in my house, thankfully they are made with ingredients stocked in most kitchens, and can be whipped up easily, again and again.
http://foodfunfamily.com/chocolate-peanut-butter-pretzel-sandwiches-with-snyders/2/ Photo by: Food Fun Family
Absolute genius! Brie and jam are warmly melded together in a pretzel bun. Don’t shy away from trying this homemade dough recipe at home, it’s not as intimidating as it would seem. Both sweet and savory, these pretzel hand pies will serve up as the perfect appetizer.
http://www.girlversusdough.com/2013/08/05/brie-jam-pretzel-hand-pies/#_a5y_p=4670232 Photo by: Girl Versus Dough
With a chewy pretzel dough as the base of your pizza, this may be an indulgence that might mean you never go back to a boring, traditional pizza crust again!
http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/10/pretzel-crust-pizza.html Photo by: Le Creme De La Crumb
Barks are an all-time favorite thing for me to whip up in the kitchen because they’re incredibly fool proof with their imperfect shapes and snaps just lending to their general barky vibe. This recipe knows what they’re doing by creating a new way to honor a well known trifecta of treats – peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels. Wins every time.
http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/12/pretzel-peanut-butter-stuffed-chocolate-bark/ Photo by: How Sweet It Is
These little bites are oh so soft and chewy and rolled in cinnamon and sugar. To top it all off, they’re served with a side of cream cheese frosting for dipping. Take that, Auntie Annie’s.
http://lmld.org/2016/01/15/cinnamon-sugar-soft-pretzel-bites/ Photo by: Like Mother, Like Daughter
If you’ve ever tried having a sandwich or burger served on a pretzel bun, you’ve had that moment the rest of us have had, the “my life has forever changed” kind of moment. I get you, I feel you. Baked soft pretzels ahave that one-of-a-kind texture that can’t be beat. Since it’s boiled in a baking soda “bath” before being baked, it creates that chewy texture you know and love. Don’t shy away from making them at home, it’s easier than it looks.
http://www.eatthelove.com/2016/07/pretzel-buns/ Photo by: Eat The Love
Chocolate chip cookies are cool, of course. They are a classic, and yeah…pretty much everyone likes them. However, adding caramel and salted pretzels to that classic chocolate chip dough? These cookies just went from regular to rad.
http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/salted-caramel-pretzel-chocolate-chip-cookies/ Photo by: Two Peas And Their Pod
Bet you didn’t see that one coming! Light and airy cream cheese and whipped topping is mixed with fresh strawberries, pecans, and of course – pretzels! Call it a salad, call it a dessert, call it whatever you want really but one thing is for sure, this one is delicious.
http://www.thegunnysack.com/strawberry-pecan-pretzel-salad/#_a5y_p=3516759 Photo by: The Gunny Sack
Ever at a sporting event and grab a hot pretzel? What does it always come with? Mustard! This recipe pays homage to pretzels best side kick, with a chicken tender twist (ha, get it? twist) for a dip-able dinner the whole family will love. Winner winner chicken dinner (sorry, I just wanted to say that).
http://www.justataste.com/baked-honey-mustard-pretzel-chicken-tenders-recipe/ Photo by: Just A Taste
Base – pretzel. Middle – brownie. Topping – Caramel. Sprinkle – salt. Taste buds – happy. In the world of salty and sweet, this one is about as good as it gets.
http://www.thebrickkitchen.com/2015/05/salted-caramel-pretzel-brownies/ Photo by: The Brick Kitchen
There are pretzels in the frosting. I repeat, IN THE FROSTING. *insert emoji praise hands here*
http://www.sugarhero.com/chocolate-dipped-pretzel-cupcakes/ Photo by: Sugar Hero
These are the best party food, all the cheese, all the bacon, none of the double dipping we all fear at social gatherings (there’s always that one guy…). With little pretzel handles, these are an all-in-one appy.
http://www.fivehearthome.com/2015/01/18/pimiento-cheese-bacon-mini-cheese-ball-bites/ Photo by: A Five Heart Home
With a chocolate cookie and crushed pretzel crust, light and creamy frozen peanut butter center and topped with your favorite sweets, and of course, more pretzels – this dessert is a great one to make a head of time. Storing in your freezing and bringing out when the time is right. Every hosts dream!
http://lilluna.com/frozen-peanut-butter-pretzel-pie/ Photo by: Lil Luna
Ohhh yes you can.
Hershey’s Take 5 is a popular American candy bar for good reasons; pretzels, peanut butter, caramel, peanuts, and chocolate. See? Good reasons, and they’re all ingredients that make it easy to make them yourself. Make these homemade and get praise and glory for duping one of the best candy bars there is, by making it at home. Look at you go!
http://thebakermama.com/recipes/homemade-take-5-candy-bars/ Photo by: The Baker Mama
What makes a pretzel a better bread bowl than the rest, is that it’s dense and holds up well to holding a warm soup or chili. Pair them with a beer infused soup, and you’re in for one heck of a flavor combo.
http://gatherforbread.com/pretzel-bread-bowls/ Photo by: Gather For Bread